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Northern Lights spotted over Dartmoor

Northern Lights are more usually seen near Iceland or Norway Credit: @PhilMorgan1987

It's a phenomenon more usually associated with the far north but the Northern Lights - or aurora borealis - could actually be seen from Dartmoor last night.

People often travel to Iceland or Norway to see the strange sights but Phil Morgan stayed firmly at home in the West Country. No need to cancel the cruise yet - his experience was marred by the famous West Country mist.

Science tells us that what looks like dancing lights are in fact electrically charged particles from the sun as they enter the earth's atmosphere.

Protesters march against 'irresponsible' pony breeding

An eight-day march across Dartmoor has got underway in an effort to prevent ponies being bred for human consumption.

The organisers say they want to raise awareness of 'irresponsible breeding' programmes and have criticised conservation methods which encourage the slaughter of the animals.

Three pack ponies are taking part in the 164 mile walk from Dartmoor to Exmoor, carrying supplies for the trip:

The ponies at the beginning of the walk on Dartmoor Credit: A voice for ponies
The ponies are native to Dartmoor Credit: A voice for ponies

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Duke of Edinburgh team rescued from Dartmoor

The group of young walkers were rescued off the moor late last night Credit: PA

A Duke of Edinburgh team has been airlifted to safety after one of their members fell unconscious while hiking in Devon.

The young walkers called an ambulance to Cornwood on Dartmoor last night, and were assisted by the local search and rescue team.

It's still not clear what condition the injured member is in.

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